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7 1/4 inch gauge Climax - stock code 7171

We've sold this one a couple of times in the past, originally to a local man who ran it on his railway before part exchanging it for a new "Feldbahn" back in 2015. It's recently arrived back, looking similar to the last time we had it - pictures opposite and words below are from 2015.

The engine still steams freely and runs well - there's some video of it taken in the last few days here - but now needs various jobs doing, including attention to a leak on the foundation ring which drips on hydraulic test, although takes up under steam.

A 7 1/4 inch gauge Climax 0-4-4-0 to Kozo Hiraoka's excellent design, doubled up from the original 3 1/2 inch gauge engine. Rare in any size, we had a 3 1/2 inch gauge one back in 2010 and have had his Heisler design as well - all have run like the proverbial sewing machines.

Bought for a railway that never happened, this locomotive was never used by its last owner - lacking a railway on which to run, it remained simply a handsome thing to look at in the workshop.

Silver soldered boiler, 100psi working pressure, fitted with fusible plug, feed by twin injectors with a hand pump in the bunker. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Walschaert's gear with pole reverser, twin mechanical lubricators. Drive is by gearbox and shafts to bogies, all eight wheels are driven.

A well made engine in good condition, it runs nicely - there's a clip here of it in the workshop earlier in the week.

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 56
width/inches 13
height/inches 23
wheel material cast iron
valve type slide
valve gear Walschaerts
injector(s) 2
boiler number N38-100-87
CE mark n/a - non-commercial
working pressure/psi 100
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 4-Aug-2019
steam test valid to 21-Jan-2018
fusible plug yes
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type pop
hand pump 1
whistle yes